Posted by: Andrew Cross
on June 29, 2009
I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but here in Kansas the heat index has been steadily over 100. No, I don’t go outside much, but even thinking about leaving my luxurious, air-conditioned, apartment makes my armpits start pouring sweat.
At a friend’s suggestion, I thought I’d give Certain Dri (not to be confused with Certain Dry) antiperspirant a shot at keeping my underarms dry. I was able to find a stick of it at my local Target on sale for $3.99, though it normally runs for $4.99.
I’ve been using deodorant/antiperspirant now for about 10 years, so at first I laughed at my friend’s suggestion to read the instructions before I used it, but as it turns out I’m glad I did. The instructions in the box said to apply it only at night before going to bed, then use your normal deodorant/antiperspirant in the morning. It’s a good thing I didn’t go ahead and wear this stuff to a pick-up game, ’cause I wouldn’t have impressed anyone running up and down the court smelling like lavender. Seriously, this stuff straight up smells like one of those crazy ladies that LIVE to run their booth at the flea market. Whoever makes this stuff needs to come up with a new scent for the dudes ASAP.
Other than the fruity old-womanly scent, I have pretty good things to report about Certain Dri. It’s kept me decently “dri” the last couple of days, including a usually stressful trip to casino and an all-night bar hopping adventure in a long sleeved shirt. I’ll probably keep buying and using the stuff, but I’m thinking about emailing the company and letting them know I’m interested in a much more manly “Diesel fuel, cut grass, and cigar” scent.
Posted by: Andrew Cross
on June 24, 2009
I’m sure at this point you’ve seen the commercials. Sony has heralded MLB 09 The Show as “the most realistic baseball game ever,” though I wish they would’ve just call it “the most realistic and addicting baseball game ever that will eat up all your free time and keep you from doing things you probably should be doing instead.” Admittedly, I love sports games, and am a huge baseball fan, but I think I can unbiasedly say that this is the best sports game I’ve ever played on any platform.
The graphics and animations are mindblowingly accurate (down to Shin-Soo Choo’s batting stance and Zack Greinke’s 68 different release points and arm angles), the multiplayer and rivalry options make it a competitive blast for a group of friends to play, but this game really shines when it comes the franchise and Road to the Show modes. I wish the game kept track of the total amount of time invested in a Road to the Show player, or maybe I don’t. I’ve definitely clocked in enough hours Dustin Pedroia himself would be impressed.
As great as the game is, leave it to me (and my roommates) to find a couple of things to bitch about.
- It’s effing impossible to hit a Tim Wakefield knuckleball.
- Relief pitchers SUCK. It’s pretty much a guaranteed blown hold if you sit your starting pitcher.
- Running controls take a long time to get used to, and I still can’t figure out how to steal individual runners.
- Lag makes it impossible to play online.
These problems are pretty minor, I wouldn’t let them affect my decision to buy this game. Seriously, I’d recommend this game to my grandma – and she hardly knows the difference between a TV and a microwave.